Mark your calendars for the ninth annual Healthy Living Fair coming June 20

The ninth annual Healthy Living Fair — a celebration of local and natural foods, health and fitness, community groups and environmental stewardship — will take place Saturday, June 20, next to the Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport.


The fair, which is presented by Radish magazine, will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The nearby Freight House Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Kicking off the fair this year will be two Rise and Shine events at 9 a.m. You can bring your yoga mat and get the morning off to a good start with a yoga class led by Jeani Mackenzie on the sun-dappled stone octagon in front of the Freight House, or lace up your sneakers and join Plan for Adventure in the stage area for some easy exercises sure to boost your energy.

Fitness demonstrations will follow on stage throughout the day, including a Sweat Beats routine led by El Rio Spa and Wellness instructor Bridget Jessen at 10 a.m. This will be followed at 11 a.m. by a Zumba Gold demonstration led by Two Rivers YMCA instructors Lindsey Abeyta and Barbara Langley.

Pet owners who would like to share how they care for their pets in healthy and earth-friendly ways can bring their pets to the stage at noon to compete in the annual Radish Pet of the Year contest. A panel of Radish staff members will narrow the entries down to a group of finalists, and the winner, chosen by popular applause from the audience, will be featured on the cover of a future issue of Radish.

Music will fill the stage in the afternoon, featuring a performance by Spiked Lobelia. Named after a prairie flower native to the Midwest, the band blossomed in September of 2013. Sporting an eclectic mix of alt-folk, Irish, and tweaked old-time sounds, the band haunts local coffee shops and regional gatherings of various sorts. Instrumentation includes mandolin, banjos, autoharp, percussion, concertina, tin whistle, guitars, harmonica, bass, and vocals.

The one-day fair also will feature a marketplace where visitors can shop for and experience the healthy goods, resources and services featured in Radish. More than 70 exhibitors will present healthy foods; alternative energy products; environmentally friendly products and produce; outdoor recreation opportunities; and holistic, alternative and integrative medicine.

During the fair, visitors can take in the view of LeClaire Park and the Mississippi River. Kids can use the playground behind the freight house. Food and beverages will be for sale at the fair and the adjacent farmers’ market.

Photo by Gary Krambeck

Logo by Doug Teggatz / Radish

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